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  1. Comment on California severely short on firefighting crews after COVID-19 lockdown at prison camps in ~enviro

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    Inmate............fire crews?????? What.

    Inmate............fire crews?????? What.

  2. Comment on Weekly thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests, racial injustice, and policing policy - week of June 29 in ~news

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    absolutely ridiculous that $1B can be subtracted and still money remains

    absolutely ridiculous that $1B can be subtracted and still money remains

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    My issue with that game is that, unlike Factorio, you don't have a good view of what's going on. That's obviously why Factorio isn't in 3D, since you can always see entire chunks of your factory....

    My issue with that game is that, unlike Factorio, you don't have a good view of what's going on. That's obviously why Factorio isn't in 3D, since you can always see entire chunks of your factory.
    In Satisfactory you have to build a lookout tower, which is always slightly too short for a good view. And if you can see your factory properly, you can't build while standing on the tower as it's too far away.

    Both are automation games, but that's pretty much the only similarity.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Who are your favourite game developers? in ~games

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    Sorry, l don't quite have the energy to do so, but l'll recommend playing the free demo to see if it's your kind of thing.

    Sorry, l don't quite have the energy to do so, but l'll recommend playing the free demo to see if it's your kind of thing.

  5. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    l'm mostly considering value vs time, aka "is whatever is left on the ship worth another shift?", considering a shift also means paying the daily fees of $350k - 550k. So barge stuff, hell yes,...

    l'm mostly considering value vs time, aka "is whatever is left on the ship worth another shift?", considering a shift also means paying the daily fees of $350k - 550k.

    So barge stuff, hell yes, processing, maybe & scrap metal probably not unless it's easy to detach in bulk.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've tried playing one of the large ships in freeplay and uh, those are fairly difficult for a new player. Maybe you get guidance on that if you play career, but in freeplay you have no idea what...

    I've tried playing one of the large ships in freeplay and uh, those are fairly difficult for a new player. Maybe you get guidance on that if you play career, but in freeplay you have no idea what you're doing. I got the fuel line disabled just fine, then had the coolant line disabled as well and then discovered that the reactor....needs coolant to not blow up. So it did, taking out pretty much everything else. Oops.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    For the state of development (early access) it's a pretty polished game already. That intro cutscene was pretty good. Voice-over, cool visuals, neat music. It seems the core gameplay is in place...

    For the state of development (early access) it's a pretty polished game already. That intro cutscene was pretty good. Voice-over, cool visuals, neat music.

    It seems the core gameplay is in place and any additions from now on will just be comparatively small additions, according to the roadmap.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on How should I host my images? in ~tech

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    I've been using imgur for a while and while it allows you to create albums, nowadays it no longer allows you to directly link to them (unless you use the "share embed" thing which is a PITA to...

    I've been using imgur for a while and while it allows you to create albums, nowadays it no longer allows you to directly link to them (unless you use the "share embed" thing which is a PITA to use) + the little scroll menu for the albums is a pain to use as well. It was decent a few years ago, but it's a pile of shit now.

    Regarding put.re: I've tried using this, but some websites apparently block that domain + uploading images takes ridiculously long for some reason. Doesn't seem to work wel.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Your Black Friends Are Busy - A growing resource for learning about anti-racism, and supporting the people & organizations doing important work for the Black Lives Matter movement in ~life

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    Looks like your link is missing.

    Looks like your link is missing.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Who are your favourite game developers? in ~games

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    Probably the Factorio developers. They've got the need for automation ingrained in every aspect of their process; it's not just the game, pretty much anything that can be automated is automated....

    Probably the Factorio developers. They've got the need for automation ingrained in every aspect of their process; it's not just the game, pretty much anything that can be automated is automated.

    The game runs stellarly already, but they put a lot of effort into optimizing the game even further.
    They also share in-depth information on their blog on topics like game development, how they tackle problems and generally how they do their job.
    Also, they're very open to questions; I asked how they made the ingame models and I got a very lengthy email in return + they sent some scripts the devs use to easily make icons.

    Generally just very cool people who love what they do.

    22 votes
  11. Comment on Help, any good resource on drawing? in ~creative

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    Alongside DrawABox l can also highly recommend CtrlPaint it's generally dedicated to digital art but it contains a large amount of info geared towards 'analog' drawing as well. It's all in short...

    Alongside DrawABox l can also highly recommend CtrlPaint it's generally dedicated to digital art but it contains a large amount of info geared towards 'analog' drawing as well.

    It's all in short videos, which is a format l really like for this topic. l usually prefer text, but for visual arts you generally just need to see things instead.

    The whole thing with both sites is: you have to practise often. Preferably daily. Sit down, do a few warmup exercises for 15-30 mins(important!) and then actually do your drawing.
    The mistake l made was starting drawing right away, and if you're not fluid yet, you'll just suck for the first 20 mins or so. So do a warmup to get the arm muscles calibrated, and you'll find that actually drawing/painting goes a little easier afterwards.

    Another tip; if you're out in public or generally anywhere else and bored or have to wait for things, look around you and look at how light interacts with various objects. Try to memorize that and find patterns/common situations. It's not direct drawing, but it'll help you build a "visual library" which you can utilize when drawing.

    That said, don't be afraid to use reference! Some people brag about stuff like "l drew this without using reference" which is kinda cool l guess, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with using reference, especially if you want details/realistic lighting in your artworks.

    And finally: do not see this drawing thing as an excuse for getting expensive pens/paper/drawing tablets. After years of drawing l just prefer a cheap BIC ballpoint pen and printer paper(preferably from someone else's printer :p). The only thing l use extra is a paper towel, since the ballpoint pen tips pick up dust which might stain your drawings.
    Sometimes l also use my old LAMY ABC fountain pen, which is a fountain pen made for kids who're learning to write for the first time.

    Here I'm just trying to say that it's not the tools and media that matter, it's your skill. Use whatever you have available, especially if you're just starting out.

    In any case, if you have questions, feel free to ask or DM.
    I'm mostly experienced with digital art and oil paint(mainly plein air painting, which is really fun by the way!)

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Overconsumption and growth economy key drivers of environmental crises in ~enviro

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    They needed a full research to realize this? Hope they at least can have some impact with this.

    They needed a full research to realize this?

    Hope they at least can have some impact with this.

  13. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Tea! There's a ton of varieties, each with very different flavors. My favorites are puerh (fermented tea) which tastes like the way forest soil smells, and is very potent; a single bag filled with...

    Tea! There's a ton of varieties, each with very different flavors. My favorites are puerh (fermented tea) which tastes like the way forest soil smells, and is very potent; a single bag filled with a tablespoon of tea leaves can probably make you 10-20 cups with ease. In fact, if you get the bag wet before use, you can dip it in your cup once and you've got a pitch black cup of tea. In light concentrations it's very nice and has a pink/orange-ish color.

    Another favorite is Dragonwell, which is a green tea with very floral tastes, it reminds me of morning dew on grass. Unlike other teas I usually steep these without a teabag and just keep them in the cup, as they basically just unfold back into leaves, which are edible and add a little extra taste.

    Another tea I drink quite often is Lapsang souchong, which is a fairly common tea type and probably readily available in Asian stores. It's smoked tea and therefore smells like smoke. It's got a distinct smokey taste which I quite enjoy in more moody weather or seasons like fall/winter.

    There's also gunpowder tea which are little balls of green tea, which have a much stronger taste than dragonwell (a little more bitter as well). Usually also available in Asian stores.

    Anyway, see if you can find a tea store and let the people there select some tea types for you. Get some leaves, get some tea bags (unfilled ones!) and get some boiled water.
    If you want an enhanced experience, see if you can find a low and wide teacup with a light-colored interior. You'll be able to see (and smell) the tea a lot better that way. I have an old cup I got from a friend which has a lot of little cracks in the ceramic. Over time, tea starts staining those cracks, which looks pretty nice.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Considering Ayran; it's salt content is ridiculous at about 6-8 grams per liter. So don't drink a lot of it.

    Considering Ayran; it's salt content is ridiculous at about 6-8 grams per liter. So don't drink a lot of it.

    4 votes
  15. Large overview of game design/development information, tools and other things

    https://twitter.com/TychoBolt/status/1182541355337289728?s=20 Found this on twitter, user TychoBolt compiled this list. There's a lot of information on many topics, as well as a ton of links to...

    https://twitter.com/TychoBolt/status/1182541355337289728?s=20

    Found this on twitter, user TychoBolt compiled this list. There's a lot of information on many topics, as well as a ton of links to tools that aid in level design, narrative and more.

    He also compiled this 122-paged guide on level design; full of tips and tricks for designing levels. I've looked through it for a bit and found quite a lot of interesting information, so I'd reckon this is a valuable asset to anyone developing/designing games.
    https://twitter.com/TychoBolt/status/1272578494543904771?s=20

    PDF available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fAlf2MwEFTwePwzbP3try1H0aYa9kpVBHPBkyIq-caY/preview?pru=AAABcufoPRw*FOD948Ah7NzrIiGTixO_PQ

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Rivers of Nihil - Subtle Change in ~music

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    Been listening to these guys for a while, it's a nice juxtaposition of heavy as hell guitars/drums, progressive metal and saxophone. Yes, people kind of hate saxophone in metal, but here it's...

    Been listening to these guys for a while, it's a nice juxtaposition of heavy as hell guitars/drums, progressive metal and saxophone. Yes, people kind of hate saxophone in metal, but here it's applied tastefully and adds a lot to the song.

    I highly recommend the rest of the album as well.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What are your most obscure finds that are musically excellent? in ~music

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    Obscure only outside Finland; found Viikate a long time ago. It's Finnish rock/metal with a very distinct surf rock style added to it. They also have very melodic songs which easily stick around...

    Obscure only outside Finland; found Viikate a long time ago.

    It's Finnish rock/metal with a very distinct surf rock style added to it. They also have very melodic songs which easily stick around in your head. It's partially Motörhead-ish as well, sometimes with Finnish tango elements. Very warm and cozy sound, in general.
    Pretty cool stuff, the Finnish language sounds pretty nice as well but they never do concerts outside Finland, sadly enough. Would definitely go if they attend closer countries.

    Some favorites:

    Unholan Urut
    Viina, Terva, Hauta
    Karmiini juhlasali
    Kerran
    Kaunis Kotkan Käsi

    If you want to get started listening this band, I highly recommend the album Unholan Urut to start with, that's probably my favorite so far.
    They're fairly hard to find, so you might need to order CDs or find their stuff uhh, elsewhere.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Tildes ReExtended is being taken down from the Chrome Web Store for supposedly breaking its policies in ~tildes

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    Isn't it also a disadvantage that certain things are open sourced, as people can potentially look for exposed security flaws?

    Isn't it also a disadvantage that certain things are open sourced, as people can potentially look for exposed security flaws?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on The Gender Tetrahedron: A model for my own gender in ~lgbt

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    As a wise person once said: "Gender is a Fuck." It's nice you found a way to represent yourself. As someone who looks mostly like a dude and who identifies as non-binary; I honestly have no clue...

    As a wise person once said: "Gender is a Fuck."
    It's nice you found a way to represent yourself.

    As someone who looks mostly like a dude and who identifies as non-binary; I honestly have no clue how gender works either. II'm just as confused as any given cishet (and that word's not meant in a derogatory way!)

    4 votes